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Virtual event on 'Social Media Opportunities for Water Leaders'

On behalf of the Canadian Water Network’s Students and Young Professionals committee, Scott is organizing a virtual event entitled Social Media Opportunities for Water Leaders. This free, online and water-orientated event will be held this Wednesday (April 23rd) at 2pm ET. Dr. Michael Campana of Oregon State University will lead the discussions. It’s not to be missed!... (full story)

Lab posters for World Water Day

Anna (grad student category) and Willemijn (postdoc category) both won first place at the World Water Day poster competition, held March 21st in Saskatoon. Anna presented results of her analysis into the controls on snowmelt runoff generation in semi-arid, low-angled terrain; while Willemijn presented her modelling results of the spatial patterns of groundwater recharge. The event was sponsored and hosted by the Global Institute for Water Security and Canadian Water Resources Association. Congra... (full story)

Lab trip to Biosphere 2, Arizona (continued 2...)

Our two weeks at Biosphere 2 in Arizona have now come to an end. Our capillary fringe experiment in mini LEO unfortunately had to be delayed, but Luke is planning to have it back up and running to continue the experiment next week. We’re keen to see how it goes from afar and pitch in for a group analysis and discussion of the results soon.... (full story)

Hiking the Grand Canyon

Here’s another update on the lab’s trip to Arizona (see last week’s posts here and here). We took the weekend to see some more of this part of the world, which of course meant a trip to the Grand Canyon (5 hours’ drive north of Biosphere 2)! We parked up at Grand Canyon village on the south rim of the canyon, which was in snow and sub-zero temperatures. From there, we hiked down 6000 feet (1800 meters) to the very bottom of the canyon. Saturday night was spent camping at ... (full story)

Lab trip to Biosphere 2, Arizona (continued...)

We’re hard at work down here at Biosphere 2 (while also enjoying the delights of an unseasonably warm Arizonan January).... (full story)

Lab trip to Biosphere 2, Arizona

On Sunday, Anna, Chris, Jaivime and Willemijn flew to Arizona to begin a two-week stay at the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 facility. We’re teaming up with Peter Troch and colleagues to run some experiments on their recently constructed Landscape Evolution Observatory – a collection of three artificial 360 m2 hillslopes. The facility is offering a great opportunity for us to explore some common research questions concerning the potential importance of the capillary fringe... (full story)

New PhD student, Jaivime, working in ecohydrology

We kicked off the new year in the lab by welcoming Jaivime Evaristo as a new PhD student. Jaivime is joining us from the University of Pennsylvania, where he gained an MS in Applied Geosciences. His Masters thesis was funded by the Luquillo Critical Zone Observatory Program of the NSF and used stable isotopes of water, carbon and nitrogen to test the ecohydrological separation (‘two water worlds’) hypothesis in the humid, tropical environment of northeastern Puerto Rico. Jaivime&#821... (full story)

AGU fall meeting 2013

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Radio gig: discussions on the global water crisis

Jeff appeared, with Tim Burt of Durham University (UK), on North Carolina State University’s radio. The hot topic for discussion was the global freshwater crisis – what it is, why it’s a problem and how we can predict it. Jeff and Tim talked about such issues as depleting freshwater sources, agricultural pollution, groundwater recharge, and geo-political water conflicts, with perspectives from techniques such as long-term hydro-climatological data analysis and isotope hydrology... (full story)

Why Alberta's floods hit so hard and fast

Why Alberta's floods hit so hard and fast... (full story)

Lab let loose at the Gordon conference

Jeff, Julian and Anna spent last week at the Gordon Research Conference on Catchment Science in New Hampshire. It was a great week of seminars, discussion sessions and poster presentations with 100 new and old colleagues in the field of catchment science. Julian led discussions on transferability of hydrological research across temperate to tropical climates. Anna presented a poster on results of threshold runoff generation during this spring’s snowmelt at Swift Current. Meanwhile, Jeff to... (full story)

CGU is coming to Saskatoon

Next week is CGU (or, strictly speaking, the 1st Joint Scientific Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS), Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU) and the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA), but that’s a bit of a mouthful…). This year it’s coming to Saskatoon! Various lab members and lab visitors are presenting. Scroll down for some info on what we’ll be busy talking about. Check out the conference website for the abstracts and sessions.... (full story)

New faces in the lab

The lab is a hive of activity at the moment! We’re really happy to have with us three visiting researchers (Laurent Pfister, Miguel Barrios and Ali Ameli) and a new post-doc (Sandra Timsic). Here’s the low-down on each of them and what they’ll be up to while they’re with us...  ... (full story)

Hydrology course in the Rockies

Last week, Chris and Anna handed in the last of their assignments from a two-week crash course in all things Canadian hydrology. The beginning of March saw them both at the Kananaskis Biogeosciences Institute in the Rockies for the course led by John Pomeroy (Centre for Hydrology at the U of S). John and colleagues steered them through, among other things, snow cover and prairie hydrology. With Anna hailing from the UK and Chris from the eastern United States, the course was a definite must for ... (full story)

Snowmelt sampling in Swift Current

Anna has spent the last few weeks sampling snowmelt in southern Saskatchewan at Swift Current’s Semiarid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre’s runoff plots. The melting kicked off at the end of March – an unusually late and unpredictable snowmelt – and has been stopping and starting since then, with some real gushing coming in the first week of April. Willemijn and Julian joined in the fun for a few of days, so it was all hands on deck to take snow and runoff samples.... (full story)

Congratulations Willemijn!

Last month, Willemijn returned to Wageningen University in the Netherlands to defend her PhD thesis titled “Water redistribution at the soil surface: ponding and surface runoff in flat areas”. Willemijn's thesis presents measurements and model simulations of overland flow generation in flat, well-drained, agricultural areas in temperate climate zones. The thesis was successfully defended before a committee of four researchers from the Netherlands, Germany, and Luxemburg. Congratulati... (full story)

World Water Day... and a face for radio?!

On March 22nd we celebrated World Water Day! The day aims to raise awareness of the importance of freshwater and its sustainable management. Jeff was interviewed in a slot on Korean morning radio, when he talked about freshwater crises in Sudan, China and around the world. ... (full story)